Sunday, July 20, 2014

I've Graduated From Zibbet High ...

...Now it's time to go out into the World!

Well I am glad that I took the time to "un-plug" from Facebook and Twitter over the weekend.  It gave me some quiet time to reflect over the past events.  It also gave me time to decide what and how to do what is best for my growth and the future of my business.

I came to the idea to liken my time with #Zibbet as time spent in High School.  It gave me some wonderful friends.  And I learned some valuable lessons (both good and bad) to learn from that I might not have learned on my own.  And with all of the drama that is going on over this subject, High School is really the best way to describe it - IMHO.

But with my diploma in hand, it is now time to go out into the real world and apply all that I have learned.  I am going to go out with a fresh perspective and look forward to new adventures.  And bigger dreams!

I spent most of yesterday "job hunting" (aka searching for web-hosting options) and found what I believe to be the best job for my qualifications.  But I have to come up with the 'relocation' funds, so until I am able to move to my new 'home',  I will have to continue to flip burgers at my Facebook Page Shop.  I was thinking about just working this job but I realized that not everyone eats at this establishment.  In other words, not everyone uses Facebook, so there might be folks that I am missing serving.  And even once I start my perfect job (my own dot com), I will most likely keep working my ShopTab app on Facebook for those that are looking for a quick idea.  Plus it will be a buffer until things get going at the upcoming shop.

I am hoping for 2-3 orders over the next day or so.  That will give me the money needed to get going with the HostGator site that I want to start ASAP.  But if not, I am working on other options that might take 1-2 weeks to implement.  Again, just like getting out of high school, it might not happen over-night.  But if I plug away at it, IT WILL HAPPEN!!

Now that I have given myself time to breath, I can look at some aspects of the time I spent at Zibbet High quite fondly and yet know there are times that I would just rather forget.  Hopefully, I have made some life time friends with other sellers - both past and current.  I have learned some life and business lessons that I will take with me as I go out into the great big cyber-sales world.

Wow!!!  That really does sound like High School!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

UN-PLUGGED

The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible” 
― William S. Burroughs

Earlier today, I logged into Facebook and Twitter and for some reason literally became physically ill. I have no idea as to why, but my head started pounding, I felt my stomach start to churn and I was super close to bursting out in tears. I decided that maybe I needed to unplug for the day. I think it may have been the best decision I have ever made. It gave some time to ponder different things that are going on in Cyber-World.

I sell my handmade jewelry in Cyber-World. I love being part of group(s) of creative people. But let's be real, creative sometimes equals crazy and, overall, that isn't a bad thing. In fact, with the right circumstances, it can be quite fun. But, unfortunately, many creative types also have major egos and attitudes. I know this for a fact because I am that way myself. And at this moment, egos and attitudes are running rampant. Normally this is a good thing, but not at this juncture.

Now I'm not going to get into the whats, whys or whodunnits. There is no reason to go there at this point. It is time to think about what is best for me at this point. I have seen myself be mean accidentally to a dear friend. I feel like my creative mojo is waning. And then today happened.

I did end up breaking down. A major part of me just wants to give up. My self-esteem in my talents and my products hit an all new low. All the negativity just came to the surface with the tears. (Thank Creator I was no where near my beads – we don't even want to know what I was thinking!!)

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” 
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

So now I need to figure out how to bring myself back to where I need to be. I want to know where to go from here. I do know it won't be on a group selling site. I know I can be who I was again. But maybe shutting down for some time was a good thing. Perhaps, being away from everything gave me time to find ME!!! I came back online tonight only because I had a give-away to close out tonight. But during the day I was able to crochet and just chill. No constant posting to get my items noticed. No dealing with any misquotes or anger issues. Just sage smoke, total quiet and yarn. Then Bliss!

I'm not going to make any major changes right now. I do know I'm going to fly solo from this point. Maybe I'll take the whole weekend and just un-plug.....


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tired of the Sandbox

*** Warning: No Cute Pictures ***

A little back-story:

Right now I'm sure many of you have heard about the "Zibbet Re-Build".  Maybe you are a shop owner, a Zibbet buyer or just someone who is checking into being a seller or a buyer.  I'm not going to TELL you one way or the other.  Ultimately, it will always be your final choice.  BUT do your research before you make any final choices

I have been with Zibbet since May of 2009.  I honestly thought I was in creative Heaven.  I was new to the world of online sales and had NO CLUE!!!  But I never really got into promoting until the past 2 years or so.  Then I poured myself into Zibbet.  I had some sales.  I'm not going to lie and say I didn't.  But still something didn't feel quite right.  I ignored my inner gut feelings and kept blindly working it.

The Etsy Avalanche Cometh:

In the fall of 2013, the selling venue made some MAJOR changes to their selling platform.  So many sellers were totally heart-broken and migrated to Zibbet thinking they found their creative Heaven, too.  These new sellers were promised the same things that the veterans sellers were told.  Pay XX amount of dollars, provide beautiful handmade, vintage or supplies, and promote your ass off ... and the customers will come.  With the influx of new sellers, the potential for new sales was off the wall.
{{chirp}}  {{chirp}}
Ok, we didn't get the influx of sales we hoped for.  One of the big things was buyers really didn't want to have to 'sign-up' to shop.  In fact, I had been promoting my items on Facebook like crazy.  Many folks fell in love with my jewelry but just didn't want to have to sign up and basically bought from me directly from Facebook.

Ok, So what does this have to do with a 'sandbox'?  Well, I'm getting to that but there is a lot background to cover before we get to playing in the sandbox.

Sooooooo, Zibbet had been 'on the brink' of a site rebuild over the last couple of years.  Now with all of the new sellers that paid for "premium" shops plus all the veteran sellers that already had paid for shops, the powers that be promised that the rebuild was on the way.

Now fast forward over the past few months ....

Pushing my doubts to the back of my mind, I kept on keepin' on and going about my life and business.  Sales were still few and far between, but I was hopeful and excited about the promised rebuild.  I started staying out of the community forum due to a bunch of E drama (that is another issue and has no bearing on this).  I wasn't a major twitter player at the time but had heard about a bunch of former sellers mud-slinging the Zibbet venue.  But I still had my own doubts that I could not put my finger on.
Then I read this blog by Ginger & Waldo : "Hypocrite? Probably.  You Decide."   Finally someone else who kind of felt the way I did.  There was still a lot of Twitter action but it was still just people spewing venom.  A blog that was clear and to the point is much more convincing than 140 characters of hate.  So while I still worked on my Zibbet shop, I checked in on Twitter occasionally looking for some real answers.  Another blog post by Ginger & Waldo appeared : "The Next Adventure: Hugging a Unicorn".  Another feeling of hope and I started making plans to jump ship.

Last week the straw that broke the camels back came in my email.  Zibbet CEO's once again delayed the launch of the Re-Build - yet again!!!!  Enough already.  I realize that functional websites take time but DAMN!!!!  This has been years in production.
So I hit Twitter once more and found a new blog by Heir Loom Angel : "Twisted Bloomers"!!! OMG!  Finally!!!!  Then I kept reading the entire list of postings up to and including :"Early This Morning".  (Please take the time to read all the ones in between - Real Eye Openers!!!

NOW COMES THE SANDBOX ......

So yes I am leaving Zibbet.  I wanted my shop to die a slow and graceful death.  I still have several sellers that I am friends with (I hope.  That might change after this is published .. LOL!!)
But now the children were running everything.  We have CEO's trolling through social media to hunt #BadHumans and anyone who DARES to disagree.  But a couple sellers didn't even disagree, they just asked questions and shared different things posted by the same CEOs regarding the re-build.  AND THEY NOT ONLY LOST FORUM PRIVILEGES BUT THEIR ZIBBET SHOPS, TOO!!!  With no refund of their unused payments.  And the only reason that Zibbet CEO Jonathan Peacock gives is that because of what they posted on TWITTER???? Give me a break.  That is soooooo wrong and should be addressed.

BUT:
There has been a bunch complained about and all justified.  But I don't get is why keep spewing venom?  I get everyone is pissed and I don't blame them one bit.  But how they are handling it is crazy.  There are so many talented gifted folks that got screwed, for lack of a better word.  And they have every right in the world to be pissed.  I want to encourage them - they have the goods.  They were ripped off and should get their money back.  I'm not saying get over it.... far from it.  But there are much more productive ways to fight.  They are complaining that they can't get all the hours they put into Zibbet back - and they are right.  But instead of using the time and energy to tweet out such negativity, use that time and those tweets to promote themselves and their business.
I honestly believe that #KillingWithKindness is the best way to win this battle.  Yeah if someone asks you a question, definitely give them an honest answer about what happened.  But constantly posting random tweets that are designed to be hateful, does nothing for your business NOW!!  It only makes you look unprofessional.  The exact thing that the powers that be at Zibbet are. UNPROFESSIONAL!!  There is no way to sugar-coat it.  And I'm not going to destroy what I am working to build by spewing a bunch of (while very truthful) trash-talk.  Read very carefully==>>
I am not saying you are unprofessional, I said it makes you LOOK unprofessional.  Just so we are clear, I personally think you all are great.

I try to build up the other former sellers and try to point out that their actions are making them look just as bad as they are telling everyone Zibbet CEOs are.  But they are so consumed by their anger, the theft of their money, the broken promises, the trolling by Zibbet spies and CEOs who are just looking for something that Zibbet might find offensive(aka truth) and so much more.  They don't want to hear about peaceful solutions or attempting to promote each other.  They just want to throw sand at everyone that won't play the same game as them. (Kinda like Zibbet CEO's)  And for my trouble, I have been called a spineless victim and a hypocrite right on Twitter.  You know what?  That's ok.  While you are taking the time to call me names, even though I haven't lost my shop yet I have invested my time and money for over 5 years.  That is time I won't get back either or money.  Turn the other cheek - OH HELL NO!!!  But the best revenge is to be better than what has hurt you ... not stoop to their level.  You want your money back, then find an international BBB if there is one.  Use that time you spend typing out insults to find a SOLUTION.
Don't let them off the hook but find a productive solution.  Or stay in the sandbox that Zibbet helped create.    While myself and others are rebuilding what can't be destroyed because we do have the courage to search for peace and tranquility;  you can continue to look for ways to fight or you can work on your talent and show the best part of you.
As for me, I'm gonna take my toys, use my time to study and grow.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Gift of a New Day

( ~ This post originated from a status that I had posted on Facebook.  So I decided to tweak it and share here as a blog ~ )




I'm not what anyone would call a "philosopher" but sometimes things happen that make me think.

Do you ever wonder why the Creator gives us a brand new day - EVERY DAY?   Are we meant to live each day the same as the last?  If so, why not just keep the same day all the time?

I believe it is to start with a fresh slate each and every day. How we use this gift is totally up to us. Do we want to do the exact same thing that we did yesterday or the day before and the day before that?  Yet so many folks continue to do the 'hamster on a wheel' thing and just don't know how to jump off.




Or do we use the new day to learn what worked or didn't work yesterday, then change how we did that? Now I do realize that everyone has to do some things the same in order to survive, but maybe we can change 1 little thing to make this New Day better than yesterday.

Perhaps say hello to that person we see everyday but never bother with - that could be a new friend!

Maybe you hit a bad job or got laid off from one. Do you panic or do you use the gift of a New Day to search within yourself and see if there is something better that you don't expect or maybe even find something inside of you that you let get dormant. Open it back up and maybe even find your own income.

Each day is a gift from the Creator and we should honor that gift by doing something different and better with each New Day gift.


Monday, March 3, 2014

I Cleaned Up My Act

I had always heard that a cluttered desk was the sign of a creative mind!
Um ...Not!

It seemed like I could never get anything accomplished with-in a certain time frame. I have made enough of certain styles of earrings to know how long roughly they should take. And I wasn't making the time like I should have.
Feather Horse Head Native Style Beaded Earrings

Mailing orders out was a 2-room endeavor. I would print in the craft room/office and then have to go to the dining room just so I could package them. My poor husband was freaking out because many a time I would have my crafts out in the dining room, the front room … basically anywhere but the craft room!

I finally took a step back and realized clutter was not working for me.


 Everything in my office was skewed all over the place. I have no idea how much time I was wasting searching for supplies or needed tools to work on my projects. (pic) I mean, I should be adding a new item to my Zibbet shop daily and I was lucky if I add one a week.

So last night I started the task of CLEANING UP MY ACT!

I had to decide how I wanted things to flow. I decided that production had to be contained in one spot. Shipping needed to be a flowing stream. And all of this had to meet in the middle somewhere. I also had to be able to have the product ready at a moments notice.

Once I wrapped my head around how things should flow, I got the logistics set up. And I had to rearrange my standard thought process.

The desk that I was working on for paper work was way too small to actually process and ship orders. The table that I was using had everything scattered to kingdom come and I never knew where I was laying my tools down at. My finished product was stuck in a corner, where I had to fight to get to it. I had to reverse my way of thinking.

I moved my computer station over to the big table that I WAS using for production. Now my postal scale is on one side of my computer with mailing envelopes under it. My printer/scanner is on the other side o the computer. So now all I have to do is click and print invoices and/or shipping labels. Close the computer, grab the product and package – One fell swoop! Now the only time shipping hits the dining room table is for hubby to run out mailbox on his way to work.

My improved computer/shipping area


The smaller desk is now where all production gets done. All my materials and tools are in arms reach. And finished product is put neatly in certain bins next to the desk for easy access to … you guessed it – the computer/shipping table!
My production area


I am soooo looking forward to seeing how much more I can get accomplished now. Also the smile on my sweet hubby's face when he can sit at the dining room table to EAT and go into the front room without tripping over my crafts.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Using Ebay as a Marketing Tool

Using Ebay as a Marketing Tool

Okay sometimes I am not the smartest person in the world..LOL!  I try to do things the hardest way and expect great outcomes.  And that includes how I have been working eBay.

For the last few months I have been getting decent sales on Ebay auctions.  But my biggest problem was I was trying to use as the big picture.  In the world of crafts, it really can't be done without a learning curve.  Let me preach on it.....

Stupid!

Like many others, I was looking to Ebay as a financial savior.  I would sit for hours trying to do the figures on how many items I would have to sell in order to reach certain goals.  (Usually an impending bill).  Then I would work myself into a stressful frenzy trying to create the number of items, trying to figure out what the lowest price was I could take, then trying to write the best description possible, get the perfect photos, and then get them listed.

By the time I did all of this, not only did I NOT have the amount to items I needed, but I would be so stressed that looking at beads was not even an option for a bit.  That ended up starting a vicious circle of non-creativity.  Plus many items did not sell leaving me with a good size eBay bill at the end of the month.  Luckily I was/am smart enough not to go totally crazy.  I think my largest bill so far was $55 or so.

Plus I was also neglecting my Zibbet shop.  And this is where I sell my items at the regular retail price ~ DUH-HUH!!  Apparently not my brightest moments for sure.

But I did wise up and here is how I did it.

How I Am Now Using eBay in the Smart Way...
My Learning Curve

At the time of this writing, Ebay offers registered sellers 50 FREE auction listings per month.  You only have to pay for the little extras such as scheduled listing times, gallery enhancements, etc.  I personally only use the 'visible to eBay UK' extra which costs me $.10 per listing plus your final value fee if the item(s) sell.  I am now going to take those listings and split them up by 4 or 5 Sundays, depending on the month. 

PLUS I have seen several times that Ebay has offered FREE LISTINGS for 1 or 2 days a month.  Before I never was able to take advantage of these because I had spread out my items so thin.  It is during these times that I am going to re-list unsold items, add new items or both.  So by taking advantage of these offers, you can save a fortune in listing fees. 

 And, if you don't want to spend hours at a time setting up your listings, I have figured out a cheaters' system that you can do at the same time that you add your crafts to Zibbet, Etsy or any other craft sales site that you use if you make multiples of items.  But I will save this for another day.

Drawing Traffic from Ebay Sales to Your Web Crafts Site

Now that you have 50+ items that you can list for next to nothing, the next thing to do is let the potential winners know that, if they win, you will have a special offer to add to order on your craft site.  I will be dealing with my Zibbet Shop for this, but I believe that Etsy and many of the other craft sites offer similar ways.  If you have a stand alone web-site, you may have your own way of doing this.  So you can implement what works best for you.





  1. Don't be afraid to add a link to your on-line store to your description.  Get it out there as much as you can.  If you a workable knowledge of HTML, include your shop banner (resized of course) as a clickable new window link.
  2. I print my own business cards, so on the back (see photo above ) I have included a space to write in coupon codes.  I include a picture of the card with that area circled in my listings now. 
  3. Don't add the code to your listings.  i usually don't create the codes until I am ready to ship the order out.  I only include 1 code per shipment, so even if they bought several items, they only have 1 coupon.  I also make sure that it only has a one use limit.
I personally use a 15% off code of a purchase of $25 or more.  This should give Ebayers incentive to check out your on-line store.


Final Thoughts on This

I will admit that in the past I used to just hate Ebay ( also known by many as Fee-Bay ).  But I was thinking/working harder, not smarter.  Now I know how to use the offers that they have available, I can concentrate more on my shop at www.zibbet.com/WigWamCrafts and let my listings on Ebay be a form of marketing tool instead of an income generating headache.  I hope this blog post will help others.

If you are making a great craft living off of Ebay that is AWESOME!  But if your are like myself and many others, this is a great forum to get your business name out there.  If you can think that way you can reduce the stress that I used to put myself thru and go back to enjoying your creativity.

May the Creator continue to bless you.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wolf with Medicine Wheel Halo Earrings & Choker/Necklace Set


My husband came home from work one day with a request from one of his co-workers.  The gentleman wanted to purchase a cream/tan pair of Wolf Medicine Wheel earrings for his niece.  Great I thought...until.....
He wanted a necklace to match.  Not just another wolf beaded and hung on a chain, but a completely beaded choker style with a wolf hanging from it!

I am not a designer in any way shape or form and had no idea how I was going to do this.
So I had to brain storm...and fast.  Hubby's co-worker wanted the set as a Christmas gift.

I racked my brain for 3 days and still had no idea.  But then one morning when I handed Wolf his keys, it hit me. Last year I had beaded him a wolf paw keyring done in brick stitch.  This was a pattern that I had purchased from Mary Hipple (aka Kodiak)creator of Wolf Den Designz, as was the earrings.

Okay, now I had a foundation of a pattern idea.  My next idea was to incorporate the 4 medicine colors to coincide with the wolf head by beading each paw in one of the colors.  Four paws of different colors to represent the Medicine Wheel ~ PERFECT!

( Close ups of all 4 paws ~ I really wish that it was in a different color because the yellow paw really doesn't stand out like it should )

Now I had a design I could work with.  I completed a third wolf head to attach to the center.  Here is the final result....

After finishing the completed set, I decided that I wanted to see if this was something I should add to my product line.  So I decided to offer it here on my blog first..just as a test to see how it takes off.  I offer the Tan Medicine Wolf set and a Grey Wolf option, too.

If this is a set that you would be interested in, then place your order below.  $3 is added for shipping.  As this is a 'made to order item(s)', please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery ( though I believe it will a much shorter time frame.




Medicine Wheel Wolf Color/Item(s) Options
Choker Background Colors
Your Color option not listed


So tell me what you think by commenting below.  I am really proud of this set, so I do hope for a great response.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and stop back for more of my wild thoughts and ideas.

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You can also see more of my items at my shop on Zibbet!
 
Have a super great week and remember the blessings of our Creator for you, even if you can't see or feel them at any time!
~Spirit~